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November 12, 2008 01:00 PM

Daniel Craig, the star of Quantum of Solace, the new James Bond movie (Sony Pictures), talked to Peopleenespañ about playing this iconic action hero and his sizzling on-screen chemistry with co-star Olga Kurylenko.

When you think of James Bond, you envision a swanky spy with a designer suit fighting villains on a spiraling jet while holding a Martini… and not spilling a drop! There seems to be no ‘mission impossible’ for Agent 007. However, there’s much more to this enigmatic character than saving the day or being a playboy who canoodles with bronzed beauties on an exotic beach. In Quantum of Solace -the latest chapter of the James Bond saga, directed by Marc Foster- actor Daniel Craig gives his character a depth as enticing as his sparkling blue eyes. Here the actor talks about the challenges he faced while playing Agent 007.

Tell us about the stunts and the challenges you faced in the action scenes…
I enjoy doing them. I think they’re very much part of a Bond movie. If I can get my face onto the screen as much as possible [laughs]…that sounds wrong! If I can get my face on the screen at the right moments then the audience doesn’t get snapped out in the height of a scene and go: ‘oh, it’s not him’. It’s a shame and I wanted them not to feel that. Together with me doing the stunts, the way my doubles do it and then sometimes we use a bit of special effects, hopefully you never notice.

Which was the toughest scene?
The toughest stunt was jumping out of the aircraft because we did it in a two-hundred-mile-an-hour vertical wind tunnel so we actually were sort of free-falling. We had a cameraman inside carrying a camera with a handler also flying and then twenty cameras around it. It was difficult. I trained about a week intensively to try to get to that point of the shoot. That was pretty tough.

Traditionally for Latinos James Bond is a true cult hero. What was the welcome like from people in locations like Chile, Panama or Mexico, where parts of the movie were filmed?
It was fantastic. One night we were in Colon filming at night time and a thousand people turned up to come and watch. They shouted my name. The reception was incredibly warm. They loved having us there. It was exceptional.

Was it hard to film in the Atacama desert in Chile?
It’s such an amazing place. This is a stone desert so it’s incredibly rough and harsh. There’s little or no life there. You see a bird occasionally and you know they’re lost, they’ve flown the wrong way. But it is exceptionally beautiful there. The phones didn’t work so I didn’t keep in contact with the outside world. So for the first time while we were filming, it was really peaceful.

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